Sunday, 12 May 2013
The only Teal I could find, skulking on Neumann's north island.
On No.1 the Black-headed Gulls are taking over with at least four nests. With any luck we'll have Black-necked Grebes nesting soon?
Looking out from Haydn's Hide towards Winnington and its Raven family (scope views only)
Witton Brook, not much doing bird wise.
The 'Barn Owl' nest box at the back of No.1 tank, currently under occupation by Stock Doves.
Frog bench where the Lesser Whitethroat is still rattling away, now and again.
Shit!...a Badger latrine, proof their about and great to see (Badger that is not the poo)
Sunday afternoon and no ruddy joggers!, cyclists!, pram pushers! or Red-throated Diver stringers?..bliss
Scrapyard Hide all to myself and a lone Common Sand in Mound Bay was all I got, but my was it quiet.
A fine effort on a rather overcast wet sort of day me thinks as I racked up 77 species (+Black Swan)
Don't actually know if that's an all time record but it must be close?
birds I missed out on that should be around or have been recently...
so it looks like reaching 90 is near impossible but you never know.
As part of my continued participation in the PatchWork Challenge the guys in charge have decided to run a day list. Any date between the 10th and 20th of May. A wee bit late for Cheshire, we always do the first week in May but hey a challenge is a challenge.
First port of call and its into the depths of bluebell carpeted Cowards Wood passing the reed bed en route.
Reed and Sedge Warbler were singing away plus Reed Bunting also. In the wood no sound from the Lesser Pecker but I did add Bullfinch and a very showy Treecreeper.
Onto the mere side path and dip Grey Wag and Kingfisher but a mega bonus was waiting sat on a buoy just off Kid Brook spit.
Still as a pond and duck free!!
But a fly by Common Sandpiper being chased by a Magpie was most welcome if not bizarre.
Boom! one summer plum Arctic Tern had just flown in.
Naff record shot but as Jeff said ''no photo no bird''?
5 minutes later it did one and was gone, North I presume.
Some Dude! scanning the mere
On a quest for Coal Tit (which I dipped) in the arboretum.
Onto Gibbons land (public footpath honest! Mr Farmer if you're reading this)
and a blurred piccy of a dude Rough-legged Buzzard, waying up the farmers chickens.
Ashton's Flash had this beast causing havoc with the local Lapwings. Not another wader in sight...bummer!!
Ashton's drying out rapidly...pity as it looks so inviting for waders like last weeks Greenshank.
Over on Neumann's the Little Ringed Plovers were playing hide and seek but I nailed them, thanks to my scope. Over head 100+ Swifts were zooming about surely Mr Hobby would be interested?
more to follow once I've watched the 20 times Champions sort the Welsh out!